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Keep it Moving
I am a 54 year old career LPN. I enjoy my job but have recently found out I could be more competative with certifications as well as degrees. While gettin my RN, I am also doing some certification classes. This will make me more marketable in this fast moving feild. So I'm Keeping it Moving. My Dream Job is to be a CNA teacher. They are the foundation of the medical profession.
Be confident. If you know your job well this shouldn't be a problem. If you love what you do, let your passion shine through. I guarantee your prospective employer will pick up on it, and they may even mention it. Don't be afraid to show how passionate you are about your career.
You put your all into it
I landed the best job ever. I was good at it, enjoyed it, and gave it my fullest potential. Training my self, researching on the internet, and I excelled. It seems that this threatened and made my boss uncomfortable. I was wrongfully terminated. Having all proof of this it did me no good. This devistated me. Knocked me down so hard I couldn't get back up for months. So do you do your absolute best at all times or just what is required. Is it ok to go above and beyond? What ever you decide, be careful. There are others that don't like to see another get ahead, don't appreciate your efforts, and may even hold it against you. Be sure not to step on any toes. Keep records, documentation, all information to protect yourself. Weather it does do you good or not, you will know yourself that you did your best. Don't let anyone tell you that you are incompitent. Show them you are. Be confident but respectful at all times. Don't over step yourself. And biting your tongue can be beneficial to you. It's ok to go home with a feeling of accomplishment from you days work...
Only accept positions within the scope of practice of your job description
I was asked to "ACT" as unit manager on my unit by my nice boss, she stated that my work ethics were great, and I had all the managerial skills necessary. After 6 months, I was offered the job, which I accepted, and I signed a new job description manual with her and HR. After 3 months, I was told the company had located a potential RN for the position, and I was dismissed from the position of unit manager. I was offered a part time position in my old spot, which I refused, my only option was to resign as there was no longer a full time position available for me. I was used, and I have checked around and there are no labour laws in Florida to protect us from this kind of situation, unless you are a union member. So, don't let the nice boss scam you into the dream job offer with the word "ACT". Only accept positions within the scope of practice of your job description.
Legal to be Illegal in the South
I am from the North, so I was in for a shock when I moved South. They have minimal employment rights here in North Carolina; even their Labor Laws says the employer can treat the employee "as they see fit." According to their laws, a dog is better off! In addition to this, I am realizing as other employees talk, more and more employees are making more money than me (a dollar and more) yet some were hired after me. The also have only a few years experience while I have eighteen years experience. This would never slide in the North. However, down here, there is some type of gag law where if you discuss your salary it is cause for immediate dismissal. Isn't this against First Amendment as well as Fourteenth Amendment Rights and Equal Pay for Equal Work rights? My salary as far as payscale.com states, is not even on the Richter Scale and is lower than the lowest marked on the scale. What is my recourse other than moving back North where people have rights?
Wanting to move to Wisconsin?
I would like to move to Wisconsin. I worked in New Hampshere for 23.00 hour and travelled with a company to Philly. With them I got 17.00 hour, however nurses receive about 20.00 hour. Would like to relocate without a company to Wisconsin. What is the pay?
Meet as many employees in the new job place as possible.
Getting a new job is fairly easy due to the hiringwage being the lowest. The time of year also makes a big difference. In the fall mom's liketo go back to work since their kids are in school.The average employer is looking for experience andaccountability. You may look neat and clean, butit takes alot to get in the job and perform aroundpeople who may have been in that job for years.Stay calm, positive and always be careful aboutwhat you do. If you are a hard worker and canperform a lot of work quickly, you may get saddledwith alot more work responsibility than others.Be aware of your quota. Work at a steady moderatepace and do good work.
Being a Team Player
Many people say that being a L.P.N. is a glorified nursing Assistant or PCA as they are sometimes called. This is not true.I have been an L.P.N for 20 years.I have learned all aspects of the medical system. I have learned from insurance , medicare compliance, and most important comstomer service.The medical field is very customer service oriented now. You should have learned the basics of nursing such as Universal precautions , ect by now.Every chance you get to learn about new procedures , equiptment it will only increase your value as a nurse.When on an interview emphasize your knowledge or speciality and reinforce that being a TEAM PLAYER is always a priority.You can be an excellent nurse but if your attitude is not correct it dosen't matter.
Do only your job
As a LPN, I was a staff nurse working in a Nursing Home in Mississippi. On numerous occassions I had been asked by my supervisor and other nurses to help the night shift by giving medications early before leaving my shift. Of course, I was caught and eventually I was fired trying to help others on another shift. My advise is NEVER help anyone on another shift. If they cannot do their job, it is not your responsibility to help them. My advice is if anyone in an organization asks you to do anything like that, politely tell them that would be endangering your nursing license. I would also tell them that staffing shortages need to be addressed to the administration, not to the staff. Asking to cover for another shift is only asking for trouble in more ways than one. You could not only loss your job, but could be reported to the State Board of Nursing. You do not want to go there; believe me, I know from experience. Always, always, cover your license! That is the best advice I can give to anyone. Not only should you know your policy and procedures, but think before you say yes to anyone. It could cost you.
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